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Privacy ruling forces Google to delete racy images

Photographs from a sex party could change Google's search results in Europe, as a French court ruled against Google in a privacy case on Wednesday.

The decision will force Google to hide from its global search results links to the photos, which depict Max Mosley, the former head of the International Automobile Federation, at a sadomasochistic orgy in 2008. The ruling by the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris does not affect the Web sites that host the photos, only Google's results pointing to them.

Google said that it would appeal the decision. "This is a troubling … Read more

Apple privacy report details government queries

Apple says that the "vast majority" of the requests for information that it gets from law enforcement are queries related to lost or stolen devices.

On Tuesday, Apple released a "Report on Government Information Request" (PDF) to inform its customers about how their personal information is handled and to provide assurances that it does as much as it can to protect their privacy. The report covers the period between January 1 and June 30, 2013.

"These types of requests frequently arise when our customers ask the police to assist them with a lost or stolen … Read more

Google reportedly speeding up Glass rollout

Google is looking to increase manufacturing volumes of Google Glass, its augmented reality glasses, in the coming months leading up to Christmas, according to a report Monday from the Financial Times.

Sources told the FT (subscription required) that Google's upping of production would be "substantial." Still, Google is not planning to sell the device to the general public until next year.

Google's current rollout has been with its Explorers program, which doled out around 10,000 units to developers, celebrities, and contest winners. The goal in the steady rollout is to get more people familiar with … Read more

Mega CEO: Forget anonymous e-mail. Think privacy (Q&A)

The future of secure, private e-mail doesn't lie in Silicon Valley, or Silicon Alley, or even in the Northern Hemisphere, but in New Zealand.

At least, that's what Mega.co.nz Chief Executive Vikram Kumar wants to turn into a reality.

After Kim Dotcom's Mega shook up the secure storage world, offering a mind-boggling, industry-leading 50GB of encrypted free space, the company startled the world again by announcing that it would be building an encrypted e-mail service -- but only after the unexpected closure of Ladar Levinson's Lavabit.

In the wake of the unexpected secure e-mail … Read more

Real-world 'Do Not Track' coming to retail stores

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, retail stores have figured out how to track you as you physically move through their stores -- not unlike their shopping Web site counterparts.

As revealed in July by Sen. Charles Schumer, retail locations have been testing technology that would allow them to use your cell phone to follow you as you shop. A new compromise brokered by the New York Democrat and the privacy advocacy group Future of Privacy Forum, announced on Tuesday outside the shopping center at Columbus Circle in New York City, hopes to ensure that in-store shoppers have … Read more

French president rebukes Obama over NSA snooping

The president of the United States was in the hot seat Monday following reports that the National Security Agency recorded phone calls and text messages of French citizens.

Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, French newspaper Le Monde said that the NSA made more than 70 million recordings of phone activities by French citizens from December 2012 to January 2013, many of which allegedly targeted people without any obvious association with terrorism.

President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande Monday night to discuss the matter and was reportedly chastized over the revelations, according … Read more

Facebook's new privacy setting lets teens share publicly

Facebook said Wednesday that teens can share their posts publicly for the first time, but the default privacy setting for new users will limit their sharing to friends only.

"While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services," reads a press release from Facebook.

Until now, Facebook said, teens aged 13 to 17 joining the service defaulted to being able to share information -- status updates, photos, videos, and the like -- with anybody in … Read more

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is now available on Android

On Wednesday, Malwarebytes launched the mobile version of their popular anti-malware application on the Google Play Store. In a press release, CEO Marcin Kleczynski said the following:

"Since computer software has been around, people have been finding ways to attack it through vulnerabilities or through targeting users. The Android mobile operating system is no different. Its success in the consumer space--and its openness--has made it a huge target for malware authors."

The app, itself, focuses on three primary functions. Most users who are familiar with the PC counterpart should recognize the device scanner, which basically detects any malware … Read more

Snapchat's unopened 'snaps' can be seized by the police

The whole idea of Snapchat is take a photo, share it, and, poof, it's gone. But, there are certain circumstances when images could come back to haunt users, especially if law enforcement officials are involved.

The photo-sharing app penned a blog post on Monday about the situations in which the service is obliged to hand over "snaps" to the police. The central takeaway is that Snapchat can only give unopened snaps to the police -- because those are the snaps saved on its servers.

"Snaps are deleted from our servers after they are opened by their … Read more

Can you beat Zuckerberg when it comes to Facebook privacy?

My gym has started a new class. It's called "Facebook Fun Fitness." It's designed to keep you in the most alert shape to keep abreast of Facebook's privacy changes.

It involves a lot of squatting, so that you can duck Facebook's ever-moving eyes. There are copious stomach crunches. In the event that Facebook exposes a topless picture of you, these ensure you will be looking your best.

Having taken a couple of these classes, I thought I'd be ready for the Realistic Facebook Privacy Simulator.

This is a new tool that tests your alertness and swiftness to ever-changing Facebook privacy controls. … Read more